48 hrs in Paris
First take the train from London to Dover. Walk a mile to the Dover Port, then take the Ferry to Calais, France. Walk another mile, ask a couple strangers if you're going the right way, then catch the bus to Paris. Admittedly this may seem like a lot of traveling just to arrive at the beauty that is Paris, but I wouldn't have changed our itinerary for anything.
Taking the train to Dover allowed me to see the outskirts of London, and walking to the docks in Dover let me get a real feel for the town. Although the ferry to Calais made me rather nauseous, it was beautiful to see the cliffs and open water.
Long story short - the convenient way is not always the best way.
Even upon reaching Paris, I walked everywhere. Wandering the city created attention to detail, and a greater understanding of the culture.
As a fluent communicator in French I was able to communicate with the locals, ask questions and pick up interesting facts.
Fun Fact: Paris is one of few cities where the government has worked to preserve and maintain ancient architecture.
" The city is full of tourists, but trust me - it's a beautiful thing to see. Everyone is giddy, with butterflies floating inside their stomachs, for we have all dreamed of this moment. "
10th arrondissement of Paris: I stayed at a compact apartment tucked away on a quiet street.
The apartment was small and quaint featuring the classic Parisienne balcony (a must if you ask me.)
By car, I was no more than 15 minutes away from all major attractions of the city.
Brasserie de la Tour Eiffel - 2 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris
The staff that accompany this restaurant will go the extra mile to please you.
Le Richer - 2 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris
Perfect for breakfast. Please note an added feature is their outdoor seating - paired with a Parisienne view.
Tabac des Ternes - 108 Avenue des Ternes, 75017 Paris
Great staff. Food comes quickly and tasty.
Ladurée - 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
One cannot leave Paris without visiting Ladurée.
Eiffel Tower - Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Champs-Élysées - 8th arrondissement of Paris
Arc de Triomphe - Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris - 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris